Novelist and writer for film and television
David Wolstencroft is an award winning screenwriter and author who was born in Hawaii, schooled in Edinburgh and went to university in Cambridge where he studied History. He was also a regular writer and performer in the prestigious Footlights Dramatic Club.

David’s first original television work was creating and writing the BAFTA-nominated series Psychos for which he also received the Royal Television Society's Best Newcomer Award. Subsequently, he created and wrote BAFTA-winning espionage drama Spooks which aired its final episode on BBC 1 in October 2011 and continues to be a critical and commercial success around the world.

David's series The Escape Artist, with David Tennant in the lead, premiered on BBC1 in the second half of 2013. He has also created and co-written Versailles for Canal Plus with regular collaborator and co-showrunner Simon Mirren. The ten part series was the biggest drama launch on French television and ran for three series.

David is creating shows in the UK, US and Europe.

He has written two novels: Good News, Bad News, which featured as a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick; and Contact Zero, which was nominated for a Crime Writers' Assocation Silver Dagger Award. Both books are published by Hodder in the UK and Penguin in the US.

David’s first feature script Shooting Dogs was directed by Michael Caton Jones starring John Hurt and Hugh Dancy. This highly acclaimed film was a powerful drama set during the 1994 Rwandan massacre and was the Grand Prize Winner at the Heartland International Film Festival. It was released in the USA under the title Beyond The Gates.



Writer & Creator 

The Forge
Platform One US
  • George Blagden
  • Evan Williams
  • Peter Hudson
  • English language period drama set in the court of King Louis XIV co-created and written with Simon Mirren

    Canal Plus
    Producer Hilary Bevan-Jones
    Director Brian Welsh
  • Ashley Jensen
  • Toby Kebbell
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • David Tennant
  • Legal thriller starring David Tennant
    Endor Productionss
    Producer Andrew Woodhead
    Director Justin Chadwick
  • Peter Firth
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Rupert Penry Jones
  • David Oyelowo
  • Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
    Producer Simon Crawford Collins
    Director Bharat Nalluri
  • Peter Firth
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Natasha Little
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
    Spooks: Series 1
    Winner BAFTA: Best Series
    6 x 60'
    Producer Jane Featherstone
    Director Bharat Nalluri
  • Peter Firth
  • Esther Hall
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Matthew McFadyen
  • Debut season of the acclaimed primetime action drama
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
    BAFTA Nominated: Best Series
    6 x 60'
    Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
    Director Andy Wilson
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Douglas Henshall
  • Alistair Mackenzie
  • Neve McIntosh
  • Acclaimed drama set in a Glaswegian psychiatric hospital
    Kudos Film and Television for Channel 4
    Further series of the MI5 thriller
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC1



    Adapted from David's same-titled espionage novel

    In development
    Producer Adrian Sturges
    Director Paul King
    Comedy film following a group of friends who are befriended by a world famous film star - with unforeseen consequences
    Film 4
    Picture Farm
    In development
    Director Michael Caton-Jones
  • Hugh Dancy
  • John Hurt
  • Nicola Walker
  • Award winning drama about the Rwandan civil war
    BBC Films
    Producer Charles Steele
    Director Kevin Macdonald
    Thriller inspired by Chris Petit's novel The Passenger
    Film 4
    Cowboy Films
    In development